Ultimate Guide to FIFA 17 and PES 2017

In this article, FIFA 17 and PES 2017 will be analysed so that players can choose which they prefer.

Release dates

FIFA 17 will be released on September 29, 2016 for PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC. PES 2017 will be launched two weeks earlier on September 15 for PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC.

Graphics

PES has dominated graphics in recent times, but EA made a huge change in FIFA 17 by using the new engine Frostbite. That means FIFA will have better night lighting, giving more realistic player faces with better emotion. Leading players have also been performance-captured, which will triple the amount of animations in FIFA 17 and there will be a brand-new look at the areas of grounds, changing rooms, and tunnels for pre and post-match interviews.

PES moved to the FOX Engine for the 2016 edition and that saw an incredible improvement in the realism of players. PES 2017 has further development with better lighting effects, animations and stadium revamps.

Game play

Here are major changes of two games.

FIFA 17

Active Intelligence System: Player movement and awareness has improved. Instead of making runs straight towards goal, they look for space out wide and even try to create space for others by dragging players out of position. The players are simply much smarter.

Set Pieces: You can now change how the player approaches the ball and where he stands for free kicks and penalties. You can control the camera angle behind the player and see the trajectory the ball will take. For corners, you can aim your delivery accurately with the help of a reticle. When you take throw-ins, you can fake the throw or move up and down the line.

Physical Overhaul: With one button, players can jostle and protect the ball while dribbling. You can outmuscle your opponents in aerial challenges without the need to jump and head the ball. Giroud can bring it down instead of having to flick a header on forward.

PES 2017

Goalkeepers: Keepers react quickly to shots and follow them up by springing into action after landing. They’ll also come up for corners when your tactics are on super attacking.

Ball and player physics: The improved first touch and precise passing give a very realistic feel to the game play in PES 2017. Both aspects are more closely related to the player’s attributes. There’s also been improvements in the natural movement of players in terms of finding space and realistically colliding with opponents.

Adaptive AI: Now players have to be more wary of the tactics used by the computer. Teams will adjust their game plan based on how you play the match. Overuse a player and defenders will shift to compensate, and that may stop your attack. But you will have access to an even larger list of advanced instructions to use in the game.

Game modes

FIFA 17’s biggest new addition is the new story mode called The Journey. You play as Alex Hunter, an rising star looking to sign for a Premier League team.

But it’s up to you to help Alex achieve his dreams. However you perform as Hunter, together with the decisions you make, determines how his career pans out. EA consulted young stars Harry Kane, James Rodriguez, Marco Reus, Anthony Martial, Eden Hazard, Dele Alli, Marcus Rashford and Reece Oxford, to add their experience to the mode. FIFA will also have the Career, Manager and Ultimate Team modes that has brought the game success in the past.

About PES 2017, Konami has improved the Master League, which will have a dedicated transfer and wage budgets as well as more flexible loans and Deadline Day. There’s 22 new player roles so line-ups can be further personalised and refined. Now updates for squads will be able to be downloaded weekly. PES also face a challenge to get their online mode, myClub, up to the same level as FIFA’s Ultimate Team.

Licenses

FIFA has dominated this area and seems certain to continue.

While PES 2017 has upped it’s game by adding Barcelona, Arsenal and Atletico Madrid to it’s licensed teams, FIFA has every major league in the world.

Players of PES have to deal with Liverpool being called ‘Merseyside Red’ along with differently named players. But for the first time PES 2017 will introduce a custom kit editor to sidestep licensing issues.

Online

FIFA has dominated this area with the monetised-success of it’s Ultimate Team mode. Users buy and sell player cards in a market with the goal of building a team with the world’s best players. The mode is growing with popularity each year. Ultimate Team by itself is arguably bigger than the FIFA game.

PES on the other hand had a torrid time online in 2016. It was spoiled by crippling lag, meaning the majority of the matches you played were often lost.

But improvement happens. There’s new scouting and analysis tools to help study your team’s strengths and weaknesses. In the end it will come down to the performance of the servers to make it a success.

Verdict

In terms of straight game play, PES still seems to be pipping FIFA. EA have made huge strides to improve the gaming aspect of their product, and still dominate online, where Konami is far behind.